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Pittsburgh In Contender Category?

As they have in recent years, the Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a shaky start.

But after beating the Boston Bruins 5-3 last night, the Penguins are 6-3-1 in their last ten games, and are now third in the Metropolitan Division.

It appears the Metropolitan Division is falling into its natural form, maybe except for a weak performing Philadelphia and New Jersey.

However, Malkin has been fairly slow only registering two points in his last five games.

Even with trade talks of Phil Kessel looming the organization, he has still been able to produce scoring 13 goals, and 21 assists.

Captain Sidney Crosby has 34 points thus far as well this season with his 15 goals, and 19 assists.

If the Penguins want to continue to mold into their perennial contender form, they will certainly need more players to step up.

Right now only three players have over 30 points, and only two others have over 20 points.

If players such as Rust, Hornqvist, and Brassard start to produce more, this Pittsburgh team will be arguably one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the league.

In net Casey DeSmith has stepped up with a record of 10-5-4, including two shutouts, a goals against average of 2.46, and a save percentage of .923.

Special teams does not appear to be a problem for the Penguins either.

Pittsburgh has the tenth ranked power play (four power play goals from Kessel, and Malkin), and seventh ranked penalty kill.

With the Penguins taking on the lowly Kings tonight at 7:00 PM ET, Pittsburgh will look to continue their progress with another win.

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